Release date: 27 October 2014
Style: Progressive metal

Rating:

8.1 | 58 votes

Owners:

53 have it
191 want it


Disc I [Sky Blue]
01. Rejoice
02. Fallout
03. Midnight Sun
04. A New Reign
05. Universal Flame
06. Warrior
07. Sky Blue
08. Silent Militia
09. Rain City
10. Forever
11. Before We Die
12. The Ones Who Love

Disc II [Dark Matters]
01.
02. From Sleep Awake
03. Ziltoidian Empire
04. War Princess
05. Deathray
06. March Of The Poozers
07. Wandering Eye
08. Earth
09. Ziltoid Goes Home
10. Through The Wormhole
11. Dimension Z

Disc III [Dark Matters - Raw]
01.
02. From Sleep Awake
03. Ziltoidian Empire
04. War Princess
05. Deathray
06. March Of The Poozers
07. Wandering Eye
08. Earth
09. Ziltoid Goes Home
10. Dimension Z

Review


Line-up
Devin Garret Townsend - bass, guitars, keyboards, vocals
Anneke Van Giersbergen - vocals
Dave Young - guitars, keyboards
Ryan Van Poederooyen - drums
Brian "Beav" Waddell - bass

Guest musicians
Christopher Keith "Chris Jericho" Irvine - vocals
Dominique Lenore Persi - vocals
Jørgen Munkeby - saxophone

Staff review by
Apothecary

Rating:
7.0
Uh oh, Apothecary is reviewing a prog album. Hold onto your undergarments, ladies and gentlemen, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

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Zaphod - 07.08.2014 at 00:25  
Rating: 5 Iz official?
Apothecary - 07.08.2014 at 00:33  
  Hide yo children, hide yo coffee
Karlabos - 07.08.2014 at 00:44  
Rating: 7 Other promising release of teh '14
Doge of Venice - 07.08.2014 at 01:23  
Rating: 7
Written by Zaphod on 07.08.2014 at 00:25

Iz official?


According to my sources, yessssh.

Quote:

Ryan Van Poederooyen
Yesterday
For all you amazing DTP fans, it's official....
Ziltoid 2 release date is October 27th, 2014 Prepare your finest anticipation!!!!!


And check bottom left:

Zaphod - 07.08.2014 at 01:28  
Rating: 5
Written by Doge of Venice on 07.08.2014 at 01:23

According to my sources, yessssh.


Yeeeeeeeeessssssss! Prepare yourselves for the subjugation!
M C Vice - 07.08.2014 at 06:49  
 
Written by Zaphod on 07.08.2014 at 01:28

Written by Doge of Venice on 07.08.2014 at 01:23

According to my sources, yessssh.


Yeeeeeeeeessssssss! Prepare yourselves for the subjugation!

Indeeed.
arj - 12.08.2014 at 10:54  
  All hail
Lit. - 12.08.2014 at 19:36  
  ALL HAIL ZILTOID! HE GRACES US WITH HIS FOREDOOMING PRESENCE! PREPARE YOUR COFFEE, FOR NONE SHALL BE SPARED THE JUDGEMENT OF HIS TASTE BUDS!
Zaphod - 08.09.2014 at 17:42  
Rating: 5 Wait, is that artwork the actual cover? Because that would be lame...

EDIT: never mind, it is.
So yeah. Lame.

EDIT²: Shouldn't the album title be instead of Z2? In the teaser someone says "Zed squared" and on the cover it also looks like and not Z2. Just saying.
Vykintas - 22.09.2014 at 00:41  
 
Written by Zaphod on 08.09.2014 at 17:42

Wait, is that artwork the actual cover? Because that would be lame...

Seems it's only for the set, there are separate covers for both disks.

Zaphod - 22.09.2014 at 08:42  
Rating: 5
Written by Vykintas on 22.09.2014 at 00:41

Seems it's only for the set, there are separate covers for both disks.


Surprisingly, I like the Sky Blue one better.
Lit. - 29.09.2014 at 06:21  
  Apparently, Anneke van Giersbergen will be returning, and Chris Jericho will guest star as Captain Spectacular and Dominique Lenore Persi (of Stolen Babies) will guest as the "War Princess".

Get hype.
Eternity'sChild - 10.10.2014 at 19:30  
Rating: 9 Somehow I'm able to listen to the samples of all songs via iTunes and I can say that dark matters sounds very similar to Deconstruction, which is a good thing. Sky Blue sounds very good too. Now I'm totally hyped for the release!
BlackEssence - 18.10.2014 at 11:22  
Rating: 10 SPOILER!

Capitan Spectacular is Ziltoids brother.

END OF SPOILER.
LeKiwi - 20.10.2014 at 04:42  
Rating: 8 Leaked - disappointed
Cynic Metalhead - 20.10.2014 at 10:03  
 
Written by LeKiwi on 20.10.2014 at 04:42

Leaked - disappointed


WHAT R YU SAYING??!

no, seriously I've gone through couple of tracks and it's good. But, I haven't got the overall impression. Other forums are quite praising new disc from Devin but it'll be shite if Devin Townsend disappoints me.
Hex_Omega - 20.10.2014 at 16:01  
Rating: 9 First impression:

Sky Blue - Yet another album in Addicted/Epicloud style. Epicloud was slightly weaker than Addicted, Sky Blue is slightly weaker than Epicloud, so I think enough is enough... Devin needs some fresh inspirations. Still, its not a bad album, definitely better than Casualties Of Cool. Production is cool, drums sounds better than on Epicloud.
Highlights so far: Rejoice, Universal Flame, Silent Militia, Rain City
7.5-8/10

Dark Matters - While better than Sky Blue, it is not aggressive enough. However it is also not a 'Ziltoid the Omniscient' or 'Deconstruction' copy. Devin was right that this album is like a 'musical', not really a riff-based album. It is definitely more atmospheric/epic than first Ziltoid. Generally a fine album, could be a bit faster (and why so many monologues this time lol). Production as good as on Sky Blue.
Highlights so far: Ziltoidian Empire, War Princess, March Of The Poozers, Through The Wormhole(ah that drama)
8.5/10

Overall 8/10
LeKiwi - 20.10.2014 at 16:34  
Rating: 8 ^ This pretty much sums up everything I have to say.
BlackEssence - 20.10.2014 at 17:06  
Rating: 10
Written by Hex_Omega on 20.10.2014 at 16:01


Through The Wormhole(ah that drama)




AHH, SO LAME!
Hex_Omega - 20.10.2014 at 18:33  
Rating: 9
Written by BlackEssence on 20.10.2014 at 17:06

Written by Hex_Omega on 20.10.2014 at 16:01


Through The Wormhole(ah that drama)




AHH, SO LAME!

Why? Its a cool 'song'.
Hex_Omega - 20.10.2014 at 19:03  
Rating: 9 SPOILER

Final words at the end of the album: 'To be continued'
So, it will be a trilogy

END OF SPOILER
Introspekrieg - 21.10.2014 at 01:14  
  You bastards are lucky I caught a glimpse of a spoiler tag and shut my eyes off
BlackEssence - 21.10.2014 at 17:12  
Rating: 10
Written by Hex_Omega on 20.10.2014 at 18:33

Written by BlackEssence on 20.10.2014 at 17:06

Written by Hex_Omega on 20.10.2014 at 16:01


Through The Wormhole(ah that drama)




AHH, SO LAME!

Why? Its a cool 'song'.


Listen to it again, then you will understang what I am talking about xxd
Hex_Omega - 21.10.2014 at 18:19  
Rating: 9
Written by BlackEssence on 21.10.2014 at 17:12

Written by Hex_Omega on 20.10.2014 at 18:33

Written by BlackEssence on 20.10.2014 at 17:06

Written by Hex_Omega on 20.10.2014 at 16:01


Through The Wormhole(ah that drama)




AHH, SO LAME!

Why? Its a cool 'song'.


Listen to it again, then you will understang what I am talking about xxd

Ah... So you are probably talking about...

SPOILER

Death of Captain Spectacular...

END OF SPOILER

Thats a sad moment, indeed.
Zaphod - 22.10.2014 at 00:58  
Rating: 5 Gotta say I'm very disappointed. Only listened to the Dark Matters part so far, but it's what I expected most from. (since Sky Blue is probably just another Epiclouder, which was alright, but not exactly what I want more of)

So yeah, one of the main problems is that it seems like he's trying to do too much. I'm glad it's not a ZTO copy, but on the other hand it seems most of the spirit of that album is entirely gone here. ZTO was basically a parody/satire album, while Z² comes dangerously to what the first one was parodying.

Standout tracks: March Of The Poozers
Karlabos - 22.10.2014 at 01:24  
Rating: 7 Am I the only one who can't find this anywhere? :|
MarioCalnSnchez - 22.10.2014 at 17:05  
Rating: 8 Good album but not as good as the others DTP's albums.

I like it yeah but...
Hex_Omega - 22.10.2014 at 18:52  
Rating: 9
Written by Karlabos on 22.10.2014 at 01:24

Am I the only one who can't find this anywhere? :|

Honestly... probably yes. PM me if you want.
Karlabos - 24.10.2014 at 01:40  
Rating: 7
Written by Hex_Omega on 22.10.2014 at 18:52

Written by Karlabos on 22.10.2014 at 01:24

Am I the only one who can't find this anywhere? :|

Honestly... probably yes. PM me if you want.

Nvm I already found it.


Btw Deconstruction seems more of a Ziltoid 2 than Z2 is for me.
Hex_Omega - 24.10.2014 at 13:10  
Rating: 9
Written by Karlabos on 24.10.2014 at 01:40

Written by Hex_Omega on 22.10.2014 at 18:52

Written by Karlabos on 22.10.2014 at 01:24

Am I the only one who can't find this anywhere? :|

Honestly... probably yes. PM me if you want.

Nvm I already found it.


Btw Deconstruction seems more of a Ziltoid 2 than Z2 is for me.

Good point. I agree.
Hex_Omega - 26.10.2014 at 19:29  
Rating: 9 Sky Blue is a grower. Now I think it's better than Epicloud, still not as good as Addicted though. Both discs are worth 8.5.
Karlabos - 27.10.2014 at 00:16  
Rating: 7 So... How do I vote for this? Should I take an average or something?
Doge of Venice - 27.10.2014 at 02:53  
Rating: 7 Aw man, I frickin' love Universal Flame.
Zaphod - 27.10.2014 at 13:16  
Rating: 5
Written by Karlabos on 27.10.2014 at 00:16

So... How do I vote for this? Should I take an average or something?

However you want. Rate the one you like the most. Or the one you like the least. Or an average of both. Or the one you were most anticipating. Or turn on the tv and see what channel it's on and pick the number of that channel.
andreosokin - 28.10.2014 at 08:33  
Rating: 8
Written by Zaphod on 27.10.2014 at 13:16

Written by Karlabos on 27.10.2014 at 00:16

So... How do I vote for this? Should I take an average or something?

However you want. Rate the one you like the most. Or the one you like the least. Or an average of both. Or the one you were most anticipating. Or turn on the tv and see what channel it's on and pick the number of that channel.


Channel 11. What do I do ?
Dima - 28.10.2014 at 08:43  
Rating: 7
Written by andreosokin on 28.10.2014 at 08:33

Written by Zaphod on 27.10.2014 at 13:16

Written by Karlabos on 27.10.2014 at 00:16

So... How do I vote for this? Should I take an average or something?

However you want. Rate the one you like the most. Or the one you like the least. Or an average of both. Or the one you were most anticipating. Or turn on the tv and see what channel it's on and pick the number of that channel.


Channel 11. What do I do ?


Lead a revolution.
Zaphod - 28.10.2014 at 11:02  
Rating: 5
Written by andreosokin on 28.10.2014 at 08:33

Channel 11. What do I do ?

1+1=2
andreosokin - 28.10.2014 at 15:24  
Rating: 8
Written by Dima on 28.10.2014 at 08:43

Written by andreosokin on 28.10.2014 at 08:33

Written by Zaphod on 27.10.2014 at 13:16

Written by Karlabos on 27.10.2014 at 00:16

So... How do I vote for this? Should I take an average or something?

However you want. Rate the one you like the most. Or the one you like the least. Or an average of both. Or the one you were most anticipating. Or turn on the tv and see what channel it's on and pick the number of that channel.


Channel 11. What do I do ?


Lead a revolution.


Hehe I wish I could But so far this album sounds like Channel 8 for me.
Doge of Venice - 28.10.2014 at 16:30  
Rating: 7
Written by Zaphod on 22.10.2014 at 00:58

Gotta say I'm very disappointed. Only listened to the Dark Matters part so far, but it's what I expected most from. (since Sky Blue is probably just another Epiclouder, which was alright, but not exactly what I want more of)

So yeah, one of the main problems is that it seems like he's trying to do too much. I'm glad it's not a ZTO copy, but on the other hand it seems most of the spirit of that album is entirely gone here. ZTO was basically a parody/satire album, while Z² comes dangerously to what the first one was parodying.

Standout tracks: March Of The Poozers


I agree. March of the Poozers is the best song by a mile.

Also, from my initial listens to Sky Blue, it is a bit of a continuation of Epicloud, BUT, I feel it's somewhat more varied and also more industrial/electro at points. It kind of reminds me of a less heavy version of this...

Overall impressions - Good album. Not bad, nothing special. Dark Matters definitely is better listened to as one entity. Except March of the Poozers. The only one I feel comfortable listening to out of context. Oh, and I haven't listened to the non-dialogue disc, though I imagine that would probably help the songs feel stronger individually.
Zaphod - 28.10.2014 at 16:41  
Rating: 5
Written by Doge of Venice on 28.10.2014 at 16:30

I agree. March of the Poozers is the best song by a mile.

Also, from my initial listens to Sky Blue, it is a bit of a continuation of Epicloud, BUT, I feel it's somewhat more varied and also more industrial/electro at points. It kind of reminds me of a less heavy version of this...

Overall impressions - Good album. Not bad, nothing special. Dark Matters definitely is better listened to as one entity. Except March of the Poozers. The only one I feel comfortable listening to out of context. Oh, and I haven't listened to the non-dialogue disc, though I imagine that would probably help the songs feel stronger individually.

I think Dark Matters is pretty bad, though Sky Blue is alright. Which is also a problem for me, since I expected to like Dark Matters a lot more. But yeah, March Of The Poozers is pretty cool and vastly superior to the rest of the album.
I didn't make that Neurotech connection myself, but I see where you're coming from.
Doge of Venice - 28.10.2014 at 17:54  
Rating: 7
Written by Zaphod on 28.10.2014 at 16:41

Written by Doge of Venice on 28.10.2014 at 16:30

I agree. March of the Poozers is the best song by a mile.

Also, from my initial listens to Sky Blue, it is a bit of a continuation of Epicloud, BUT, I feel it's somewhat more varied and also more industrial/electro at points. It kind of reminds me of a less heavy version of this...

Overall impressions - Good album. Not bad, nothing special. Dark Matters definitely is better listened to as one entity. Except March of the Poozers. The only one I feel comfortable listening to out of context. Oh, and I haven't listened to the non-dialogue disc, though I imagine that would probably help the songs feel stronger individually.

I think Dark Matters is pretty bad, though Sky Blue is alright. Which is also a problem for me, since I expected to like Dark Matters a lot more. But yeah, March Of The Poozers is pretty cool and vastly superior to the rest of the album.
I didn't make that Neurotech connection myself, but I see where you're coming from.


Sky Blue is definitely the better side, yes. I expected to like Dark Matters more, but I guess that was because I was hoping for something slightly more similar to old Ziltoid to what we got. I mean, I expected it to be old Ziltoid amplified in hugeness, but we got a bit of a messy musical with a story that doesn't really flow very well, and music that sounds like Devin was trying to do too much with the material - the old Ziltoid was better because there was a lot less going on (and he still managed to keep his Wall o' Sound with less going on).
Zaphod - 28.10.2014 at 18:00  
Rating: 5
Written by Doge of Venice on 28.10.2014 at 17:54

Sky Blue is definitely the better side, yes. I expected to like Dark Matters more, but I guess that was because I was hoping for something slightly more similar to old Ziltoid to what we got. I mean, I expected it to be old Ziltoid amplified in hugeness, but we got a bit of a messy musical with a story that doesn't really flow very well, and music that sounds like Devin was trying to do too much with the material - the old Ziltoid was better because there was a lot less going on (and he still managed to keep his Wall o' Sound with less going on).

My thoughts exactly. I don't mind that it's not a carbon copy of ZTO, but a little bit of the feeling from that album would have helped a ton.
Darth Mitchell - 28.10.2014 at 21:10  
  Just listened the first time to Dark Matters and right now listening to Sky Blue. I have to say Dark Matters is a fun cd. If you looked for a clone of Ziltoid The Omnisient, you´ll be dissapointed (as almost everyone has said by now). BUT if you're looking for the musical we were promised, this is a great listen. You can compare it to a campy Ayreon album in my opinion. Maybe not a good comparison, but it was the first thing that came to mind if I had to compare it with anything in the genre. As far as I have heard Sky Blue (now at the song Sky Blue) I understand why people are linking this more than Dark Matters. Because Sky Blue is an album and not a musical with narration like Dark Matters. I see myself listening more to sky blue than Dark Matters. Dark Matters can be seen as a radio drama and takes more effort to listen to. I'm sorry if this text is a little messy, but I just wrote down what came to mind. As a Devin fan I can say I'll give both albums the same amount of attention. And I'll see which one I'll like the most.
Eternity'sChild - 30.10.2014 at 18:34  
Rating: 9 I have listened through Dark Matters now and I think that it's a brilliant record. I'm not too sure about Sky Blue yet, some songs are great, some songs do nothing for me. But both albums need more spins, so I can be sure about my opinion - just wanted to have my thoughts written down here.
Opethian - 31.10.2014 at 01:41  
Rating: 5 Just got Z2. This better take a shit on everything he's done after 'Deconstruction'
Karlabos - 31.10.2014 at 02:01  
Rating: 7
Written by Opethian on 31.10.2014 at 01:41

Just got Z2. This better take a shit on everything he's done after 'Deconstruction'

Unfortunately it doesn't. =(
Opethian - 31.10.2014 at 02:02  
Rating: 5
Written by Karlabos on 31.10.2014 at 02:01

Written by Opethian on 31.10.2014 at 01:41

Just got Z2. This better take a shit on everything he's done after 'Deconstruction'

Unfortunately it doesn't. =(


lol, more like Epicloud 2.

This is bad. I think i'm done with Devin. Everything after 'Deconstruction' has been too "Glamorous' and elements such as, 'Aggression, energy & Inspiration' has all been thrown out the window. This is boring
Dima - 31.10.2014 at 10:19  
Rating: 7 Z1 is omniscient, Z2 is phooey!

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